MADISON (WKOW) -- More people are stepping forward to show support for the Madison Police Department after a recent officer-involved shooting.
A community group created on Facebook called "We Stand With the Madison Police Department" has more than 11,000 likes. It has planned what it calls a "peaceful gathering" for Wednesday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m. at the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial.
Even family members of Tony Robinson, the young man shot in the incident, say they don't begrudge the police department. At a news conference Monday, Robinson's uncle, Turin Carter, said the family does not advocate for tension between protesters and police. "We are no proponents of 'anti-police.' We've seen some people saying things in regards to not trusting police. We don't condone that because we understand this was an individual act."
At that same news conference was a man holding a sign that read, "I Stand With Madison Police." Mansfield Nebledt told us, "As a black man, I think Madison is one of the best cities in the U.S. Even though the situation that happened is unfortunate - that young man could've been my son - I don't like the way some people are portraying the Madison Police as racist. They're trying to equate the Madison Police with Ferguson, and I have a disdain for that. I resent that. Madison is not Ferguson. MPD is one of the most capable police forces in the country. So I stand by them until we have this investigation; until we know what actually happened."
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